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• The commission we charge supports administrative costs, technology costs (hosting, servers, etc.), but mostly costs of promoting the agricultural products that we host (sales teams, online advertising, exhibitions etc.). The supplier does not carry any of these costs.
• Suppliers that have joined our platform have the opportunity not only to sell their products online, but also to have a strong online presence, just like their own website, but with no fixed cost. The whole idea is that a supplier will charged only after having completed a transaction.
• In any case, we believe that the increased prices that producers will achieve - contrary to selling their product in large quantities to an intermediary - will definitely exceed the commission we charge. For example, orange producers in Mediterranean countries sell their crop at very low prices:
Big Buyers (supermarket chains) and hotels buy fresh oranges at a price of 40 to 55 cents per kg. Producers of oranges in the Mediterranean countries receive prices of 15-20 cents per kilo for their production. Therefore, if an orange grower manages to sell through our platform even a small quantity of oranges (say 300 kg) at 40 cents per kilo, then (s)he has increased revenues by more than 100% and -even with the commission of 8% of the platform- (s)he is still competitive in the market in terms of prices.
In the first case (without Wikifarmer), if (s)he sells 300 kilos of oranges, (s)he will have an income of 45 euros without paying any commission. In the second case, (s)he will have an income of 120 euros minus 9.6 euros the Wikifarmer commission. Similar examples exist in almost all agricultural products.
• Our commission on transactions supports our mission to empower producers and suppliers of Agricultural Products by:
- Allowing producers to set their own price, ie to sell at higher prices.
- Gaining access to a larger market that will give them more options to sell their products.
- Connecting Farmers / Producers with the foreign markets.
- Promoting the producers and their products on our platform both on the internet and on traditional media, in order to increase their sales
- Further enriching the first free Agricultural Encyclopedia with best practices about Sustainable Agriculture on nearly all crops.
All the above mentioned have significant labor, fixed and maintenance costs and since our producers will be able to sell at higher prices (which can exceed the commission) we believe that we are heading towards a new equilibrium with benefits for all people involved in production.